Sir Jack Petchey CBE: Philanthropist Who Inspired Generations Dies


Sir Jack Petchey, a tireless philanthropist, passed away peacefully at his home at 98. He leaves behind a legacy of community spirit. Jack was one of the most generous and kind people I have known. He always asked about you and was genuinely interested in others. His dry, wicked sense of humour could light up a room. He was utterly comfortable in himself and the company of others from all walks of life. 

Born on July 19, 1925, in East London, Jack Petchey grew up during the Great Depression, an experience that shaped his entrepreneurial spirit and determination. Leaving school at 14, Petchey initially took on a series of unskilled jobs. His career was pivotal when he joined the Royal Navy during World War II. After the war, he ventured into the motor trade, establishing himself as a successful businessman.

Petchey’s business acumen led to the formation of a highly successful car hire and property empire. Despite his immense business success, Petchey remained grounded and dedicated to giving back to the community that had supported him. In 1999, he established the Jack Petchey Foundation to inspire and support young people, particularly in London and Essex.

The Foundation, known for its motto “Inspiring Young People,” has since granted over £140 million to youth programs and projects, empowering over 2 million young people. The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme, one of the Foundation’s flagship initiatives, has recognised and celebrated the achievements of thousands of young people, providing them with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

In recognition of his philanthropic efforts, Jack Petchey was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004, and he was knighted in 2016 for services to young people.

Sir Jack was known not only for his financial generosity but also for his commitment to inspiring young people. He frequently attended award ceremonies, engaging with award recipients and encouraging them to strive for excellence.

Beyond his philanthropic work, Petchey had a passion for sports and was a significant supporter of various sporting organisations and events. His contributions helped foster the development of young athletes and promote healthy lifestyles among youth.

Sir Jack Petchey is survived by his wife, Frances, a highly respected Royal sculptor, daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His dedication to empowering young people and his legacy of generosity will continue to inspire future generations.

The Jack Petchey Foundation said, “Sir Jack Petchey’s vision was to recognise the potential in every young person. His belief in the power of positive encouragement and his passion for supporting young people to achieve their best will remain the cornerstone of the Foundation’s work.”

Sir Jack Petchey’s life serves as a testament to the profound impact one individual can have on their community and beyond. His legacy will live on through the countless lives he has touched and the enduring spirit of his charitable endeavours.

P C Robinson Artlyst 2024

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